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Murray County

Murray County is named for William Pitt Murray, who was a member of the territorial legislature from 1852 to 1855, state senator and Saint Paul city Councilor.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lyon County and Redwood County

E – Cottonwood County

S – Nobles County

W – Pipestone County

 

Created:  May 23, 1857                          Map of Minnesota highlighting Murray County

County Seat:

Currie    1857 – 1887

Slayton  1887 – present

 

County Government Center – Slayton

 

Location:  2500 28th Street / Broadway Avenue

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  The Spitzhagel Partners Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Delpro Construction of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Contractor:  SWesta Builders, Inc. of Marshall

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story concrete and red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Slayton on the north side of the Murray County Courthouse. The roof line is flat. The building forms the north part of the Murray County Government Center. The interior has a center atrium with skylight. 

 

County Courthouse – Slayton

 

 

Location:  2500 28th Street / Broadway Avenue

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stegner, Hendrickson, McNutt and Sullivan of Marshall

Contractor:  Blum-Carlson Construction Company of Blooming Prairie

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Slayton on the south side of the Murray County Government Center. There are recessed sections at the windows and doorways. The roof line is flat. In the interior is a lobby on the east side with the County District Court courtroom off the northeast side. The courtroom is an octagonal shape with red colored brick walls and dark brown colored paneling on the southeast side. The building houses the County District Court of the 5th Judicial District. The courthouse forms the south part of the Murray County Government Center. 

 

See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Blue Earth County, Brown County, Cottonwood CountyFaribault County, Jackson County, Lincoln County, Lyon CountyMartin County, Murray CountyNicolett CountyNobles CountyPipestone County, Redwood CountyRock County and Watonwan County

 

History:  The county was created in 1857 and Currie was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a frame structure purchased in 1873 for $73 in Currie. The second courthouse was built in 1880 at a cost of $1,155.  In 1887, the county seat was moved to Slayton. The third courthouse was a Romanesque Revival structure designed by Frank Thayer of Mankato and constructed by Leck and McLeod of Minneapolis built in 1892. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1973 to 1974 at a cost of $370,000. The 1892 courthouse was torn down and replaced by the Administration Building in 1981 to 1982.

 

 

County Government Center – Slayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Slayton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2023